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Breeding Bio InsecurityHow U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure$
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Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226444055

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226444079.001.0001

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Paranoia Begets Permissiveness

Paranoia Begets Permissiveness

(p.81) Chapter Five Paranoia Begets Permissiveness
Breeding Bio Insecurity

Lynn C. Klotz

Edward J. Sylvester

University of Chicago Press

The U.S. biodefense program has been going along a dangerous path for two overarching reasons of paranoia and permissiveness that make strange relations. When each of them is taken alone, they can lead to dire consequences and when taken together they can lead to worse endings. Paranoia is the keystone in government's political policy of instilling fear to maintain a strong image in the war on terror. BioShield 2004 was the first act passed by Congress to provide billions in funding directed to countermeasures for bioweapons agents, but its rules and related federal agency strategy prevented the development of countermeasures. U.S. scientists are working in force on countermeasures for real and imagined bioweapons. As the number of researchers in biosafety laboratories increases, access to biological weapons agents and training in their skilled use increases. This markedly increases the risk of politically disaffected or mentally unstable lab workers exploiting these agents for hostile purposes.

Keywords:   U.S. biodefense program, paranoia, permissiveness, terror, BioShield 2004, bioweapons, biosafety

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